Lennon: Yanks make powerful statement by adding Rizzo to Gallo

At this year’s deadline, Hal Steinbrenner so far is showing us that maybe he’s more Boss than we gave him credit for.

The Yankees acquired Joey Gallo and Anthony Rizzo in a 24-hour span — actually getting someone else to pay for them — all sandwiched around Thursday’s two-touchdown loss to the Rays at Tropicana Field.

Earlier that morning, the trade of Gallo (along with reliever Joely Rodriguez) became official. The Yankees sent four prospects to the Rangers, who agreed to pay their remaining salaries (roughly a total of $3.5 million).

A few hours later, Gerrit Cole was torched for eight runs in 5 1/3 innings and the Yankees’ lineup managed only four singles as the Rays denied them a sweep. Maybe they didn’t get an on-field boost from the previous night’s Gallo blockbuster, but Aaron Boone assured us postgame that Brian Cashman & Co. were still busy in their Tampa war room as Friday’s 4 p.m. deadline approached.

The manager wasn’t lying.

Shortly after Boone spoke those words, the Yankees agreed on a deal for Rizzo, with the Cubs picking up his $6 million price tag for the next two months, according to YES, in exchange for two more minor-league players. Cashman’s willingness to lavishly spend prospect capital underscored Steinbrenner’s directive to stay below the luxury-tax threshold of $210 million and the Yankees did so by adding two All-Stars for free.

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